Update on Franklin Gull Please

To: Scott Ryan <>
Subject: Update on Franklin Gull Please
From: Tim Bawden <>
Date: Thu, 1 Nov 2012 20:16:44 +1100
Hi all A further update from today. Gull was seen in several locations around 
Payneville despite the terrible weather. I made the decision yesterday to duck 
down to Payneville and despite leaving later than I wanted I arrived around 
10:00 am. Unfortunately on the way I obliterated a suicidal kangaroo at 100 
km/h on the freeway near Longwarry... I must have driven this road several 
hundred times in the past 20 years and have never even seen one there.  The 
gull was the first gull I saw in the previously mentioned location opposite the 
hardware store seen from the road as I drove in... far too easy. As I arrived 
the cold front hit with full force with crazy wind and rain. The gull was with 
a group of cormorants and pelicans as also previosuly mentioned. After 
observing for a couple of minutes from the shelter of the car it flew off east. 
I followed along and relocated it with another group of cormorants and pelicans 
at the far side of the Bight Slip Marina where I again observe
 d for around 10 minutes taking a couple of proof of life pics - the weather 
precluding any better attempts. It then flew back to the original location 
where it stayed briefly before flying over to the opposite bank on Raymond 
Island where it would have been easily observable through a scope. Having now 
seen the bird from all angles I headed off in search of food and better 
weather. Being in the area, I dropped in at Mitchell River National Park on the 
way home picking up some nice Victorian birds like Leaden Flycatcher, 
Black-faced Monarch, Brown Gerygone etc. Unfortunately Park Road and Mitchell 
Road are currently closed which are some of the best birding locations in the 
park. thanks to all who have reported information on the gull and good luck to 
those heading down on the weekend. CheersTim
 > Date: Wed, 31 Oct 2012 14:12:51 -0700
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> Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Update on Franklin Gull Please
> Hi All,
> Thank you for the info. I did see the bird & got a couple of dodgy photos!
> I arrived at 7.30am after a 5 hour drive. Initially I was in the wrong spot, 
> there is a hardware opp. the ferry, south of the canal, which is south of the 
> large gravel area where the bird had been seen.
> I spent the first few hours searching along the shoreline in both areas, i.e. 
> north & south of the small canal, in amongst all the yacht moorings & 
> scanning anything that flew by that looked like a gull or a tern.
> After that I decided to jump on the ferry & go across the canal & check 
> around the shore of Raymond Island, still no luck.
> Around 12.30 I came back to the original area outside the Hardware, on the 
> gravel carpark. While standing next to my car (on the phone to work!!) I had 
> to hang up cause I saw a bird coming towards me from the north, it looked 
> gull-like but flight more tern-like very slightly. I grabbed binos just as it 
> passed but I got a glimpse of black on head. I also noticed on the back its 
> colour was slightly browner-silver than the silver of a silver gull, & the 
> wings seemed to be edged white on top. It was heading south so I jumped in 
> the car & raced around to the south of town, but could not see it from the 
> car park to the left of the playground. About 250 m to the south I saw a 
> group of gulls around a car that looked like they were being fed, so I raced 
> over there. As I got near I noticed a single gull hanging back from the 
> others & it had a black head!! I pulled over near by, grabbed my camera & as 
> I took my first photo it took off. I managed 3-4 quick snaps
>  as it flew past, I grabbed binos & saw it from behind again as it flew back 
> towards the north. I spent 20 more minutes trying to locate it again but with 
> no luck. The group of gulls that were being fed were on a grassy area in 
> front of a craft centre, southwest of the main shopping area of town.
> All up, I got about 15 secs view of the bird but it made the drive home very 
> sweet.
> Thanks again to all who answered my request, particularly Tim, whose good oil 
> was very useful.
> Good luck to all who chase the little beauty
> Scott Ryan       
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>  From: Geoff Price <>
> To: Jenny Stiles <>; Scott Ryan 
> <> 
> Sent: Tuesday, 30 October 2012 9:11 PM
> Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Update on Franklin Gull Please
> Thanks Jenny ...
> I was there this morning, at the carpark - there was two Black
> Cormorants, a few Little Black and Little Pied, two Pacific Gulls and a
> Masked Lapwing. Looks like I was a minute too late ... :(
> I may go back earlier on Thursday if I'm feeling lucky, so good luck
> Scott if you go for it!
> Geoff
> On 30/10/2012 8:52 PM, Jenny Stiles wrote: 
> Hi Geoff & Scott, 
> >There is a report & photo of the Franklin's Gull taken today at
> Paynesville, so it apparently was there! the info given on Birdline is
> " 
> >The Franklin's Gull, reported on Saturday 27th of October, was still in
> the same area at Paynesville this morning. It was near the boat ramp at
> the south end of the large gravel hardstand area. The gull was in the
> company of two cormorants, two Pacific Gulls and one Masked Lapwing. 
> >John Hutchison " 
> >
> >Good luck in locating it, 
> >From Jenny Stiles 
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >-----Original Message----- From: Geoff Price 
> >Sent: Tuesday, October 30, 2012 8:40 PM 
> >To: Scott Ryan 
> >Cc:  Aus 
> >Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Update on Franklin Gull Please 
> >
> >I went to look for it today - Tuesday - with zero luck. Spent all day
> in 
> >Paynesville, centering on the car park over the road from the Hardware 
> >store, as well as checking every other gull I could find in the general 
> >Paynesville area. The car park is on Slip Street, easy to find with 
> >google maps. 
> >
> >If you happen to find it Scott, could you please post it here and I
> will 
> >look again on Thursday? Cheers. 
> >
> >Danged if I believe this wretched bird exists - dipped every time I've 
> >looked. 
> >
> >Geoff 
> >
> >
> >On 30/10/2012 7:56 AM, Scott Ryan wrote: 
> >
> >G'day Birding-Aus'ers, 
> >>  I'm looking to drive down to Paynesville tomorrow&  was hoping
> somebody could post any up-to-date info on the Franklin Gull... 
> >>Where, when&  who with would be very much appreciated 
> >>  Thank you 
> >>  Scott Ryan 
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